Buck Brook Creek runs through the charming, sleepy hamlet of North Branch, a scenic farming area between Callicoon and Jeffersonville. Just on the outskirts of the hamlet, a wooden bridge ushers visitors onto the property, with a sweeping view across the wide lawn to the house, garage, and two older barns. A large fenced garden with raised beds is set to the left side, while a number of mature maples add some drama to the grounds. The property extends up into the woods, where there is a series of dramaticrock outcroppings.
Entering through the back door, as people often do, there is a long storage/bar/pantry area, which is convenient to the kitchen in the next room. Alternatively, it could easily be used as a generous mud room. The bright, sleek kitchen features marble countertops, stainless appliances, including a Viking stove and dishwasher and glass-fronted SubZero refrigerator, as well as a kitchen cupboard-style piece that matches the rest of the all-white cabinetry, for added storage. Off the kitchen is a combination full bathroom (with shower) and laundry room.
This 1910 home features warm oak floors, doors and trim throughout, with generous-sized windows for optimal light. The woodwork is particularly apparent in the living room and the adjacent dining room, where the woodwork graces the wall behind which the staircase leads up to the four bedrooms and bathroom. A wide oak-trimmed archway connects the living and dining rooms, and there is a handy propane-fired "wood stove" to create an extra-toasty setting during chilly months. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and one full bathroom with tub/shower. From there is a walk-up attic for added storage.
There are three outbuildings on the property: a garage built in 1970 with stairs that lead to storage space above; and two barns built around 1930. One is over 1,000 square feet and the other about 250, and both are two story. At the side of the house is an open patio, popular for barbecuing and dining. And the charming front porch is simply crying out for rockers and a cool glass of lemonade.
A large fenced garden with raised beds is also ready for your agricultural endeavors, while the large expanse of level lawn provides ample space for frisbee throwing, croquet, or whatever comes to mind.
Lots of great things are happening in this area, from new eateries and breweries to the best farmers' market in the county. Case in point: you can walk to the North Branch Inn for a cocktail at the bar, dinner featuring only local ingredients, or a spot of bowling at their vintage alley.